Anonymous
I am from India. I have found your platform really helpful. But I still wanted your response on my particular condition.
I had a sexual encounter with a 'call girl' four weeks ago on 14th april 2016. there was no oral sex, anal sex, kissing. I used a condom and penetrated her twice and then I lost erection. I sucked her breasts twice. so it was not a complete intercourse. after taking out condom i saw a tear between foreskin and penis which was not there before. but after around 10 days i started to notice hardened glands in neck for brief periods and then it became normal. also i had very tiny pimples on face and arms. but they were identical. I went to the physician on 6th april 2016, exactly 3 weeks post exposure. he recommended a hiv 1&2 'rapid card' test which resulted 'non-reactive' but since past couple of days i have witnessed more tiny pimples on hands. what should i do?
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during an encounter. We'd be happy to answer that question for you.

We're assuming by tear between the foreskin and penis, that you mean on your penis itself and not in the condom. If this is the case, sex with a condom is considered a low risk activity, meaning that while transmissions are possible, they require specific circumstances, like the condom failing. Sucking on her breasts is a no risk activity, meaning HIV does not transmit this way. To see the risks associated with these and other types of encounters, we'd encourage you to check out our [risk assessment page](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart).

As for the symptoms you are currently experiencing, we at AIDS Vancouver are not healthcare providers, so cannot comment on them. What we can say is that the symptoms of an HIV infection are very common to many other common medical conditions. For this reason, HIV infections are never diagnosed based on symptoms alone, rather testing is the only way to diagnose an infection. So it's great you've gone for testing. It's also great you've decided to see a physician about your symptoms.

As for the test you've had since then, here is a bit more information on it:

You'll see in the chart that this test is considered conclusive, meaning the results taken as accurate, 3 months post exposure. Since you've had this test done 3 weeks post exposure, it is too soon to show your current status after that encounter. Remember the risks level associated with your encounter as well. If you want to know your status conclusively after this encounter, you'll have to go further testing at 3 months post exposure.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question. We hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org

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